I will take Greendale. After last Thursday, it sure doesn't feel like Greendale is perceived as the big cheese of the Woodland by anybody. Prior to the game, I think that some of the most loyal Panther fans had hoped they were legit. Their head to head win against NBW gets them a home game though. It's also clear that West's win over IKE wasn't given full credit by those who attended the seeding meeting and that's why they are on the road tonight.
NBW is very committed to their offense. It's critical that they don't fall too far behind. They have come a long way under Chossek.I think their season ends tonight barring several turnovers from GD. They are good at what they do but probably not diverse enough and dominating enough. Wisco used to shove GD around and could win games convincingly without even thinking about the forward pass. I'm not sure that NBW can do the same. I think NBW is still looking for a signature win against a full team and in a playoff game.
We do have to wonder where GD is psychologically though. They are a 3 loss team. They can be run on. They don't have as many explosive plays as they used to. Badger ran on them. They eeked out a win against a limited Pewaukee squad. They had an empty second half against IKE. Whitnall ran on them. Tonight would not be upset city if NBW advanced. Do they believe that they can have a playoff run?
I heard the last few years from several people who root for GD that GD was the preseason Woodland favorite only to lose to IKE. It wasn't long ago that GD lost to IKE during the regular season and convincingly in the playoff game rematch. A lot of that hype was based on strong youth teams for GD. I heard the same thing in August of this year. I have heard it already for next year. I am told that IKE's numbers and success at the youth level have been really down in recent years but it hasn't translated to anything for Greendale yet. Graduation will take many starters away from IKE this year. The GD faithful have been clinging to wins from years ago. The table should be set for them with their logic. Wisco isn't a threat to do anything anymore.They snuck into the playoffs because they beat a shorthanded Whitnall team. Whitnall could be without their 2 way leader. CMH can't appear on the GD schedule this year.
The time is now. We will see how long they can extend their season. Will they go out with a bang or a whimper? They have been manhandled in recent years by Wilmot, Plymouth, and IKE. They lost to Bay. They have managed to dodge CMH in part because they have had quick exits. Do they play deep into November this year or hibernate early?
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